Master the Grunfeld Defense | Remote Chess Academy



A strong opening repertoire is a MUST if one wants to cross the 1800-1900 ELO points. A chess player cannot cross this rating without a strong and sound opening repertoire. This course can help you create a solid repertoire easily.

Is this course right for me?

The course is suitable for intermediate level players, but it will be helpful for advanced level players, too. Even if your ELO is 1900+, this course will help you improve your opening skills.

In fact, this course was prepared in collaboration with former Junior World Champion GM Alex Ipatov, who is an expert in the Grunfeld defense showing his favorite lines. Therefore, this course will be suitable for players of ALL strength.

If you want to attack from the opening instead of defending, then this course is for you.

A Dynamic Response to 1.d4

The Grunfeld Defense has always been a popular choice with players who aim to counterattack with the black pieces.

It is one of the most aggressive openings for Black against White’s first move 1.d4.

It arises from the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5

Learn the powerful attacking opening

You will have a very powerful and attacking system against the first move of White d4.

Some lines are complicated, however the similarity between the different lines makes it easier for you to start implementing this new opening system in your games.

Powerful Practical tasks

It is necessary to put the received knowledge into practice. There are 8 practical tasks (over 100 games) in this course which will help you to understand and remember the ideas of the course better.

The training program has a detailed explanation on what and exactly how you should do the practical tasks.


GM Igor Smirnov

Igor Smirnov is a chess Grandmaster, coach, and holder of a Master’s degree in psychology. He’s the founder of the “Remote Chess Academy” company that has helped thousands of students worldwide to improve their results. GM Smirnov has developed lots of chess video lessons, articles, webinars and training courses.

GM Alex Ipatov

Alex Ipatov was born in Ukraine and is aged 23 now. He is a very young grandmaster (got the GM title at age 17) and is the number 1 player in Turkey (and number 89 in the world) as of October, 2016. He is a two-time Turkish National Champion and has a FIDE rating of 2662.
He also won the World Junior Championship in 2012 and took part in the World Cups in the years 2013 and 2015.

Course Curriculum

Video Lesson
1. Introduction – Smirnov 00:07:00
2. Introduction – Ipatov 00:06:00
3. Clasical line – Sublines 00:16:00
4. Clasican line – part 1 00:26:00
5. Clasican line – part 2 00:22:00
6. Kramnik line Rc1 00:26:00
7. Kramnik line Rb1 00:23:00
8. Nf3, Rb1 – part 1 00:10:00
9. Nf3, Rb1 – part 2 00:14:00
10. Conclusions – Ipatov 00:07:00
11. 3.f3 variation 00:22:00
12. Qb3 variation 00:17:00
13. Bg5 variation 00:15:00
Practical Part
Practical Part Instructions and Download 00:00:00
Task 00:00:00
Task 1 00:00:00
Task 2 00:00:00
Task 3 00:00:00
Task 4 00:00:00
Task 5 00:00:00
Task 6 00:00:00
Task 7 00:00:00
Task 8 00:00:00

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